Bota Bota

Bota Bota

http://botabota.ca/en/

There was an elaborate walkway path passing the train tracks underneath. We did not quite thought out our route and almost got stuck waiting for a huge freight train to pass. That would have been a great waste of time - enjoying the waters is a great experience with every minute worth it.

Note, we only have a few photos, as upon entry to the spa there are no phones or cameras allowed. It is up to your eyes to soak it in! (and up to our writing to give you a hint)

APPEARANCE
We made it through the path with the help of all the wayfinding in this park of the Old Port, it was a dark and romantic stroll as we approached the boat floating in water.
We actually got in at a great time - after 6pm and before 11am, entrance to the waters was discounted to $39.

NOSE
Upon entry it didn't feel like anything we expected. To be honest, with all the walkways it was hard to even realize it was a boat. This was a surprise for Mon Cheri who was very excited to find out more about the place. Unfortunately, there was not too much plaques and informational messages around. The lady at the front desk welcomed us with a smile, she was in a neat sailor-inspired uniform.


Behind her was a screen with random graphic dot-like patterns which reminded us of a modern take of the battleship game. It was dark and almost giving off an underwater feel.

SWIRL
We went past a small shop with products and straight to the change rooms down below. These had a boat themed male & female signs plus were probably the most boat-like as far as interior went. The rest was all remodeled and modern. What we liked about the locker change rooms was the large bold typography and exposed pipes everywhere. You can even hear the water move in the pipes, as it all rushes down the bottom floor.

PALATE
Climbing up there were two floors of rooms for treatments which we didn't book for that evening. Mind you, if you considering, there is a need to book ahead of time - gets very busy here. Above those floors were two more levels of water circuits. There was also a restaurant cafe (closes early) and a beautiful relaxing area on the other side. We just had to try the many seating options sprinkled all over the place which included round windows with cushions perfect for two and with an amazing view of the city. Steam and dry saunas were waiting for us both - quite scenic once again. Cold water-wise there were a few tiny pools good enough for a single person to dip in for a few slow seconds and get that blood rushing.
Of course the experience would not be complete without the beautiful hot tub on the very top floor, overseeing the St. Lawrence river as well as the double outdoor one with Montreal vistas. At -25 we loved our experience.

FINISH
Exploring around the grounds, there was one more area worth checking out - next to the boat there is a secluded spot with a hot tub, cool pool and a lukewarm one. The best part for us was lounging in suspended hammock shaped like chairs and looking out to the pools. Simply perfect way to unwind and enjoy Montreal in the winter.

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